The ABC comedy series Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23, from show creator/executive producer/writer Nahnatchka Khan and executive producer/writer David Hemingson, tells the story of a wide-eyed Midwestern girl named June (Dreama Walker), who moves to New York City to pursue her dream, but quickly ends up without a fiancé or job. Now, her morals are constantly put to the test by her wild party-girl roommate Chloe (Krysten Ritter) and Chloe’s best friend, the actor James Van Der Beek (appropriately and hilariously played by James Van Der Beek himself), as he two girls form an unlikely friendship that leads them both to unexpected places and outrageous experiences.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, co-showrunners and longtime friends Khan and Hemingson talked about how this show came about and how they ended up working together on it, the process of selling the series and finally getting the pilot made about two years later, finding the perfect actress to play the bitch and making sure that she stays the bitch, that they had no back-up plan if James Van Der Beek had turned down the role, how much improvisation they do on set, and what viewers can expect from the journey of the characters this season. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
In the new modern version of Arthur, Russell Brand reinvents the role of loveable billionaire Arthur Bach, a perpetual child who relies on his charm and limitless fortune to get by in life. His lifelong nanny and only true friend, Hobson (Helen Mirren), keeps him out of trouble while his icy cold mother (Geraldine James) wishes he would grow up and be more responsible, as sole heir to the family business, Bach Worldwide. When it becomes clear that Arthur has no plans to ever change, he is given an ultimatum to marry the beautiful but unlovable Susan Johnson (Jennifer Garner), an ambitious corporate exec who wants the family name, in order to run the company, which must be headed by a Bach. If he doesn’t stay in line, he will have to say goodbye to the billion-dollar inheritance that feeds his way of life. But then, he meets and falls for New York City tour guide Naomi (Greta Gerwig), who not only makes him want to take charge of his own life, but become the man that even he didn’t think he could ever be.
At the film’s press day, director Jason Winer (Modern Family) did this exclusive interview with Collider where he talked about making the transition from TV director to feature director, finding the women to fill Arthur’s world, getting over the initial nervousness of working with someone as accomplished as Helen Mirren, how he prefers to let scene takes play out from beginning to end instead of doing line pick-ups, and developing his comedic sensibilities on the ABC TV comedy Modern Family. He also talked about currently directing the ABC pilot Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23 (which will assuredly will have a title change prior to airing), starring Krysten Ritter, Dreama Walker and James Van Der Beek, as a version of himself. Check out what he had to say after the jump: